Arthurlie Prepare For Jimmy Marshall Cup

The Scottish Amateur Football League have confirmed the group stage format and fixtures for the Jimmy Marshall Cup, to be competed for upon the return of football in a fortnight, writes Tom Scott.

The tournament will start on Saturday 22nd May and conclude by 30th June.

With three Groups of six and one Group of four, the four Group Winners after one round of fixtures, will make up the Semi Finals.

GROUP 1
Hillington
Castlemilk
Inverclyde
Parkhall
Port Glasgow
Port Glasgow OBU

GROUP 2
ARTHURLIE
Busby
Neilston
Glenburn Athletic
Glynhill Moorcroft
St.Convals

GROUP 3
Strathaven
Easthall Star
Castlemilk
Motherwell Thistle
Rutherglen
Kings Park Rangers

GROUP 4
Lochgilphead Red Star
Tarbert
Cardross
Dunoon

ARTHURLIE FIXTURES (Group 2):

Sat 22nd May: Glynhill Moorcroft (Away)
Sat 29th May: Neilston (Home)
Sat 5th June: Glenburn Athletic (Away)
Sat 12th June: Busby (Home)
Sat 19th June: St.Convals (Away)

Venues and kick off times TBC.

Any Covid-19 protocols surrounding the return to football, including spectators, is to be confirmed in due course.

Arthurlie Amateurs Coach Stephen Connelly said: “Our attendances at training since starting back on Tuesday, April 20th have been great.”

“From the first night when 14 players participated under restrictions and put in a really decent session to start with, it has been positive.”

“Having a competitive edge to the matches when we return is a big bonus and a nice starter ahead of the new season. We are delighted that the SAFL have made these arrangements and are looking forward to finally getting started in Amateur football.”

Lie Out To Impress In New SAFL Experience

Arthurlie Amateurs are a week into restricted, but enjoyable training at Cowan Park, writes Tom Scott.

The Scottish Amateur Football League have confirmed the group stage format and fixtures for the Jimmy Marshall Cup, to be competed for upon the return of football next month.

The tournament will start on Saturday 22nd May and conclude by 30th June.

With three groups of six and one group of four, the four Group Winners after one round of fixtures, will make up the semi finals.

GROUP 1
Hillington
Castlemilk
Inverclyde
Parkhall
Port Glasgow
Port Glasgow OBU

GROUP 2
ARTHURLIE
Busby
Neilston
Glenburn Athletic
Glynhill Moorcroft
St.Convals

GROUP 3
Strathaven
Easthall Star
Castlemilk
Motherwell Thistle
Rutherglen
Kings Park Rangers

GROUP 4
Lochgilphead Red Star
Tarbert
Cardross
Dunoon

ARTHURLIE FIXTURES (Group 2):

Sat 22nd May: Glynhill Moorcroft (Away)
Sat 29th May: Neilston (Home)
Sat 5th June: Glenburn Athletic (Away)
Sat 12th June: Busby (Home)
Sat 19th June: St.Convals (Away)

Venues and kick off times TBC.

Any Covid-19 protocols surrounding the return to football, including spectators, is to be confirmed in due course.

The former Under 21 age group are affiliated to Arthurlie’s first team.

Stephen: “We were Under 21s for the past 3 years and moved into the Amateur grade.”

“Covid stopped us making our official debut last term in the Centenary Cup, which have been reorganised to keep clubs playing locally in group stages.”

“The plan was for local games to go ahead and be part of restrictions.”

“We are looking forward to competitive football returning in the weeks ahead. The bulk of the squad that was put together last Summer will be back to give it another go this time around.”

“We have started with non-contact based training, to ensure we are in line with the latest Government guidelines, before gradually building it up to full contact before the matches.”

“The fitness levels will no doubt be all over the place to start with, but it’s been a long lay off and it will just be good to get the group back together again. It will be a quick turnaround from starting training to the cup matches, but we are looking forward to it and helping the guys find their fitness and sharpness again.”

“Having a competitive edge to the matches when we return is a big bonus and a nice starter ahead of the new season. We are delighted that the SAFL have made these arrangements and are looking forward to finally getting started in Amateur football.”

Lie Delighted With Start-Back Training

Coach Stephen Connelly and his backroom colleagues were delighted with training resuming at Cowan Park last Tuesday, writes Tom Scott.

The Scottish Amateur Football League have confirmed the group stage format and fixtures for the Jimmy Marshall Cup, to be competed for upon the return of football next month.

The tournament will start on Saturday 22nd May and conclude by 30th June. With three groups of six and one group of four, the four Group Winners after one round of fixtures, will make up the semi finals.

GROUP 1
Hillington
Castlemilk
Inverclyde
Parkhall
Port Glasgow
Port Glasgow OBU

GROUP 2
ARTHURLIE
Busby
Neilston
Glenburn Athletic
Glynhill Moorcroft
St.Convals

GROUP 3
Strathaven
Easthall Star
Castlemilk
Motherwell Thistle
Rutherglen
Kings Park Rangers

GROUP 4
Lochgilphead Red Star
Tarbert
Cardross
Dunoon

ARTHURLIE FIXTURES (Group 2):

Sat 22nd May: Glynhill Moorcroft (Away)
Sat 29th May: Neilston (Home)
Sat 5th June: Glenburn Athletic (Away)
Sat 12th June: Busby (Home)
Sat 19th June: St.Convals (Away)

Venues and kick off times TBC.

Any Covid-19 protocols surrounding the return to football, including spectators, is to be confirmed in due course.

Said Stephen: “We had 14 bodies in this week, which wasnt bad for the first session. A decent session to start with.”

“We are looking forward to competitive football returning in the weeks ahead. The bulk of the squad that was put together last Summer will be back to give it another go this time around.”

“We have started with non-contact based training, to ensure we are in line with the latest Government guidelines, before gradually building it up to full contact before the matches.”

“The fitness levels will no doubt be all over the place to start with, but it’s been a long lay off and it will just be good to get the group back together again. It will be a quick turnaround from starting training to the cup matches, but we are looking forward to it and helping the guys find their fitness and sharpness again.”

“Having a competitive edge to the matches when we return is a big bonus and a nice starter ahead of the new season. We are delighted that the SAFL have made these arrangements and are looking forward to finally getting started in Amateur football.”

Arthurlie Prepare for Return to Football in Jimmy Marshall Cup

The Scottish Amateur Football League have confirmed the group stage format and fixtures for the Jimmy Marshall Cup, to be competed for upon the return of football next month , writes Tom Scott.

The tournament will start on Saturday 22nd May and conclude by 30th June.

With three groups of six and one group of four, the four Group Winners after one round of fixtures, will make up the semi finals.

GROUP 1
Hillington
Castlemilk
Inverclyde
Parkhall
Port Glasgow
Port Glasgow OBU

GROUP 2
ARTHURLIE
Busby
Neilston
Glenburn Athletic
Glynhill Moorcroft
St.Convals

GROUP 3
Strathaven
Easthall Star
Castlemilk
Motherwell Thistle
Rutherglen
Kings Park Rangers

GROUP 4
Lochgilphead Red Star
Tarbert
Cardross
Dunoon

ARTHURLIE FIXTURES (Group 2):

Sat 22nd May: Glynhill Moorcroft (Away)
Sat 29th May: Neilston (Home)
Sat 5th June: Glenburn Athletic (Away)
Sat 12th June: Busby (Home)
Sat 19th June: St.Convals (Away)

Venues and kick off times TBC.

Any Covid-19 protocols surrounding the return to football, including spectators, is to be confirmed in due course.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the team back to training on Tuesday 20th April, in preparation for competitive football returning in the weeks ahead. The bulk of the squad that was put together last Summer will be back to give it another go this time around.” said Official Stephen Connelly.

“We will start with non-contact based training, to ensure we are in line with the latest Government guidelines, before gradually building it up to full contact before the matches.”

“The fitness levels will no doubt be all over the place to start with, but it’s been a long lay off and it will just be good to get the group back together again. It will be a quick turnaround from starting training to the cup matches, but we are looking forward to it and helping the guys find their fitness and sharpness again.”

“Having a competitive edge to the matches when we return is a big bonus and a nice starter ahead of the new season. We are delighted that the SAFL have made these arrangements and are looking forward to finally getting started in Amateur football.”

Around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene (05/04/2021)

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes his first look of a new week around the Scottish Amateur Football Scene.

EK Harp are seeking a Goalie Coach to work with their No 1 on a Wednesday. Harp play Saturday Morning Football.

Atlantic Quay FC are on the lookout for players (all players) as they move to a possible return to football. Also a Coach to assist the Manager.

Coatbridge Rovers FC are looking at the possibility of starting an Over-35s Section.

Letham AFC put in an application to join the East of Scotland League.

AS Albion have thanked CR REMOVALS for their continued sponsorship.

Glasgow Wellington would like to introduce weekly coaching sessions with a view to a potential Summer Football Camp.

Greenock HSFP AFC are returning to Non-Contact Training on April 13.

Arthurlie AFC hope to be back by April 20.

The Aberdeenshire AFA 2021-2022 season is expected to start on August 5-6.

Greenlaw FC four- team Tournament at Happer Park is due on Saturday (July 3) and Sunday (July 4). Two games each day – 12 noon and 3pm.

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Coatbridge Rovers FC are looking at the possibility of starting an Over-35s Section.

South Gyle Rovers FC are looking to add to their backroom staff with Coaches, and the LEAFA Sunday Morning will be adding players to their squad for season 2021-2022.

Maybury Star AFC LEAFA Sunday Morning League will be playing in the Saughton Sounders FC Tournament.

Gregor Kerr has been appointed Assistant Manager at Fife Sunday League outfit Buckhaven United AFC.

Greenock HSFP AFC are returning to Non-Contact Training on April 13.

Arthurlie, new to the Scottish Amateur Football League, hope to be back by April 20.

The Aberdeenshire AFA 2021-2022 season is expected to start on August 5-6.

Headline Makers Revisited (Season 2008-2009)

Draw for Round 7 of the Scottish Amateur Cup in season 2008-2009 produced the following pairings, writes Tom Scott.

Arthurlie v St Pats; Drumchapel or Bowhill v Leven United; Oban Saints v Bellshill; Knockentiber v Giffnock or Wishaw HSFP; Queen’s Park v Grangemouth or Bannerman or Rolls Royce; Strathclyde University v Hurlford; Stenhousemuir v Echt or Eddlewood AFC (holders); Thorn Athletic v Cambusbarron or Clark Drive.

Queen’s Park went on to win the Final, and Eddlewood AFC regained the Cup in the following campaign (2009-2010)

Arthurlie Coach Adds Congratulations To Easthall Birthday List

Arthurlie Amateurs Coach Stephen Connelly has added his and the team’s birthday congratulations to experienced Scottish Amateur Football League campaigners Easthall Star FC, writes Tom Scott.

Yesterday I revealed the Glasgow East End club were celebrating 30 years in the game, Arthurlie Amateurs took a great deal from playing Star in a friendly some three months ago.

Stephen told me: “We played Easthall Star in what turned out to be our last game before the suspension of football.”

“It was a good test for us in Pre-Season against a Premier Division team, and with the game ending in a hard-fought draw, we felt we matched up well against a good side – 30 years is some going at this level, so well done to everyone involved there for that.

As Chief Writer at AmmyFitbaNews I have been featuring how Arthurlie Amateurs approached switching from Under-21 level into the amateurs since last August, and the obvious frustrations brought about by Covid-19 restrictions.

Stephen Connelly has updated me regularly -. especially welcome with the outcome of no football – and he said “You have done well to keep covering teams and and getting articles out there over the past year – with so little to go on.”

“That’s a credit to the hard work you and the team are doing to promote the Amateur game.”

“It’s a poor show that more Clubs and Officials are not taking up the opportunity to give their thoughts on the current situation and football more widely when we can can play.”

“Hopefully there will be a bigger uptake when we are allowed back on the pitch again.”

Barrhead Coach Voices Concern Over Added Lockdown Measures

Faced with the prospect of still having to make their debut in the Scottish Amateur Football League after moving up from Under-21 level, Arthurlie Amateurs Coach Stephen Connelly has been trying to monitor any Mental Health issues which may arise within the Barrhead squad, and plan accordingly with his backroom staff on starting back again.

Stephen has been maintaining a close watch on the Global pandemic, and closer to home how clubs at his level of the game have been coping by following Scottish Amateur Football News.

He admitted “I’ve got my own reservations about the approach to continual lockdowns and restrictions, and I don’t think enough consideration is being given to the harms caused by these, but it is important that everyone steers clear of this virus and everyone remains healthy – hopefully we can come through this sooner rather than later.”

“You have done well to keep covering teams and getting articles out there over the past year – with so little to go on. That’s a credit to the hard work you and the team are doing to promote the Amateur game.”

“In terms of the football, or lack of it, then my worry is that this has now become normal and as it currently stands, I am personally struggling to envisage a moment when we as a team and Amateur Football more generally actually get back to training and playing.”

“Whilst the vaccine rollout has started, there is no clear exit strategy from the restrictions that we find ourselves in. I don’t see any material change to our restricted way of living, for a very long time. Hopefully I am wrong.”

“With the situation as it is, we as a team have had very limited interaction in the past few months and that will have been tough for everyone. The positive is that everything is in place for when we are allowed to train and play again, and we are looking forward to getting the guys back together when we can.”

The Big Interview – End Of Year Review – Stephen Connelly (Arthurlie AFC)

Taking a team that had finished at Under-21 level and were heading for Amateur Football was a prospect which appealed to STEPHEN CONNELLY and ARTHURLIE AMATEURS. Sadly, they were left kicking their heels on the sidelines when I conducted THE BIG INTERVIEW on October 21. Stephen’s comments were a top-viewing stats winner upon publication! Many of them are still applicable as we head towards the end of 2020.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR ROLE WITH THE TEAM AND WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED?

A. I am part of the management team, alongside Sean MacNeil and Gerry Strain. Greig McIlreavy is the Secretary of the team.

Q. THIS WILL BE YOUR FIRST SEASON IN THE AMATEURS. WHERE DID THE SET-UP PREVIOUSLY OPERATE?

A. The team has been developing and evolving throughout the youth age groups in the Paisley and Johnstone District Youth League – right through to 11-aside football at under-21s (in the West of Scotland Youth League). It was at under-19s level that the team became part of the Arthurlie set-up. We arrive in the Amateur ranks on the back of three seasons at Under-21 level.

Q. HAS THE TEAM WON SILVERWARE?

A. At under-19 level, the team won the PJDYFL League Cup, with a penalty shoot-out success in the final against Benburb.

And not quite silverware, but in our first season at Under-21s, a promotion to the Premier League and a Scottish Youth FA Cup Final appearance counted towards a successful season m and one that holds a lot of happy memories.

Winning is obviously the best way to mark success, but the team has played a big part in the development of players, who have gone on to play at 1st team level – including at Arthurlie, and we are delighted to have been able to give them that platform.

Q. HOW HAS THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS BEEN DURING COVID-19?

A. The recruitment process has been very positive. Unlike at Under-21, there are no age restrictions and we’ve been able to take a more “all in” approach to recruiting.

After signing a number of last season’s Under-21 squad, we have also been able to add quality and experience in all areas of the pitch, with boys who had been involved here previously, and players with experience in the SAFL and other Amateur Leagues.

For a Youth team taking the step into the Amateurs, it was always going to be important to add some players with experience of that level , and try to get the right balance in the squad.

The biggest frustration has probably been that we haven’t been able to get a good run at it as yet due to the restrictions and because of that, there are still a few loose ends to be tied up in terms of the squad, when we do return.

Q. WHAT ARE YOUR AIMS AND AMBITIONS MOVING FORWARD?

A. The biggest ambition just now is to get the boys back out on the pitch, but unfortunately we aren’t in control of that. We can only look to follow the protocols that are in place for all teams, if our level of the game is afforded the opportunity again.

In terms of the season, we want to make an instant impact on the SAFL. (Scottish Amateur Football League).

The league is scheduled to start with the Centenary Cup Sections and we will come up against teams from the division above ours. We want to be as competitive as possible in these games and if we are, then we have quality that will hurt teams and cause one or two surprises.

As a new team, we enter into the Premier Two Division. The hope of the league is that we can play at least one round of league fixtures in the new year. We have built a squad, with promotion in mind and that is our main aim, should the league season start.

Despite the 1st team being forced to withdraw from this season due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the whole set-up at Arthurlie is in a very good place just now, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the Development team and 1st team management to maximise the potential of the set-up and also give players the opportunity to progress at the club.